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Gluten Free is Working for Me!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

When we start this wonderful Sparkin' experience, we just try to track our food and exercise. Somewhere along the way, we also try to figure out other elements of our life, and how to make our new way of eating a lifestyle change. I've heard that toward the end of our analysis, our actual identity in how we relate with ourselves actually starts to change.

Well, I am in the stage of figuring out what works for me. Exercise definitely works as it helps to keep me practically pain free, even if it is just for a little while. That has helped me cope with pain, as I have it daily, and some days worse than others. I've taken the attitude of doing some activity instead of just lying in bed, tensing up my body and feeling bad, when I am having a pain attack. You cope with things better when you think you have some control over it.

As to my food style, gluten free is working for me! I had actually given up losing enough weight to be in twoferland. However, now that I am gluten free, I am getting into weight ranges that I haven't seen in over a decade. My dermatologist was the one who said that it looked like I had the "gluten" rash on my back. That happened several months ago. From that point on, I am gluten free, unless I've eaten it by accident, and boy do I get sick then.

I've turned to better starch components in my eating style too. For example, for a snack I eat a potato. In the past, it would have been a piece of bread or some other "convenience" food. (How convenient can it be if it really isn't that good for you?) Now, I can still have the bread as long as it is gluten free, but I usually run for a tuber. Purple potatoes and sweet potatoes are the best, but the poor ole' white potato is good for you too, despite its bad reputation. As I am part Irish, I love my potatoes. For that matter, as I am part Italian, I love my pasta (as long as it is gluten free quinoa/corn blend--just had some last night. Ahh, the memories.)

Anyway, I digress. My better eating style has enabled me to continue to lose weight. My layman's analysis is that I don't have as much inflammation in my body now and that helps to keep the hormones down that actually help you to gain weight, such as cortisol. Gluten was causing some pretty bad things to happen, and not just with the GERD and IBS. It affected my skin! My legs had started to get these weird little red spots in every hair follicle. My back had a terribly itchy rash. My facial skin looked different--hard to say how, but now my face looks wonderful--not so lackluster as before. I am truly becoming the picture of health!

Now, if only my blood glucose would follow.

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    Oh, my GD has celiac's, so I understand completely! Good for you that you've discovered what works for you! That's all that matters! Wishing you good health!!! You go girl!!!

    2014 days ago
  • SHARA53
    You write well, too. I am not having problems with gluten (though I don't eat much of it these days--and when I do it's whole grain), but I have a few friends who are and I know what a struggle it can be. Good for you for finding ways to take on the gluten free life! Your story is inspirational!

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    2015 days ago
    Glad you found what works for you. Keep up the good work. emoticon
    2018 days ago
    2019 days ago
    I'm glad you're finding what works for you! Keep up the positive attitude and there's no telling where your journey might lead!
    2019 days ago
    Fantastic, Becca, so glad you are feeling better, I hope it continues for you, deserve it...
    Love you Hun...
    Love & Light

    Sylvia xoxo

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    2019 days ago
  • MARY1313
    I'm glad that you are able to exercise and the pain is more under control! that is so awesome!

    2019 days ago
  • BOBF15
    This is awesome, wish my wife would go this way, i may have to just draw a line in the sand and do this. I know I can do it.

    2019 days ago
    thanks for sharing this super information! glad it's working for must be almost heavenly to reduce the pain and itching!

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    2020 days ago
    And it's a great time to go gluten-free too---all those new GF foods out there to try!
    2020 days ago
    Congratulations on your healthy Gluten free way of life.

    I'm glad that you are feeling better too!!


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    2020 days ago
    I am so very happy for you. So glad that you found out what was ailing you. Your blood glucose levels will stabalize too you will see. Keep up the great work. emoticon
    2020 days ago
    I'm so proud and happy for you. Keep up the good work. It's amazing how your body tells you when you're doing things right . . and worng. Even more amazing when you notice the positive results. I've heard of Quinoa/corn bread-gluten free. I'll try it to see if it's reminenscent of the regular spaghetti. My husband loves spaghetti and meatballs. Thanks for sharing yhour results.
    2020 days ago
  • TERRI289
    I am so glad that you are doing better I am leaning toward Whole food/forks over knives food eating...I do feel much better and the bloating is pretty much gone. Unless I eat something processed, of course!!!

    Keep up the good work--great attitude on the pain control too. Wish you and I could convince my mother that exercise will help with pain...

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    2020 days ago
    emoticon girlfriend! I'm so happy you are getting such emoticon results! Yes, it may require a bit more work & diligence on your part to stay away from the wheat & gluten (especially when it hides!), but better skin, less pain, and losing weight sounds like the effort is well worth it!

    I'm confident that consistent babysteps can get you to Two-ville one of these fine days! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    2020 days ago
    Are you one in one hundred" refers to celiac disease. Now that gluten sensitivity is a recognized separate medical condition, I would be interested in knowing how many people in 100 have it. I would guess 50 in 100. I lot of the symptoms are disregarded as "I am just tired. I need to eat more red meat as I am anemic. I am just getting older. I am obese so of course I have GERD!" Well, I am still obese, and my GERD bothers me a lot less.

    By the way, studies have shown that we gluten sensitive folk react to gluten far more harshly than those 1 in 100 who actually have celiac disease. Yes, I get pretty sick if I've accidentally eaten gluten. Watch those cans of soup, folks! The ingredients can look like it has no gluten. You eat the soup. As you are throwing away the can, you notice on the SIDE of the can that the soup has gluten---sigh!

    By the way, I wish Subway would have a gluten free option for bread! Yes, it is true. I actually miss having a Subway once in a while.
    2020 days ago
    Good for you. Glad you found what works. Keep up the good work.
    2020 days ago
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